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The Carolina Panthers can’t turn quarterback Cam Newton into a pocket passer, not with this offensive line and this running game. If they feel the need to do so, they should sit him until he’s healthy and that thought passes.

The leaks sprang from everywhere for Carolina Sunday night as Pittsburgh embarrassed the Panthers, 37-19, in prime time.

Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen was the team’s top receiver in catches and yardage a year ago, and he’s back atop both categories after two games in 2014. But what he has done off the field is equally impressive.

The best NFL analyst around is Cris Collinsworth, who will call the Carolina-Pittsburgh game for NBC on Sunday night. He spoke with Observer columnist Scott Fowler about the game.

If you are a Carolina Panthers fan who attends games and can't stand to see the opposing team's colors in Bank of America Stadium, you are about to be in for a rough night.

Scott Fowler: The Carolina Panthers will pay defensive end Greg Hardy at least $7 million for not playing, and no one is happy about it.

Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera is a good man in a bad situation. He is obviously struggling with what the best thing to do in the Greg Hardy situation is now, and there are no easy answers. But here’s what he should do.

After one of the odder weeks in Carolina history, the Panthers evened things out for their fans Sunday.

Despite missing a lot of practice reps through ankle and rib injuries, Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton had good enough timing with all his receivers to spread the ball around on Sunday.

There’s nothing quite like an NFL home opener, and Sunday’s game matching the Carolina Panthers and the Detroit Lions will be a fun one, especially with Detroit WR Calvin Johnson in town.

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Scott Fowler is a national award-winning sports columnist for The Charlotte Observer.
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